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Fritz the Cat (1972)

Unrated | | Animation, Comedy, Drama | 14 April 1972 (USA)
A hypocritical swinging college student cat raises hell in a satiric vision of various elements on the 1960s.

Director:

Ralph Bakshi

Writers:

Ralph Bakshi (screenplay), Robert Crumb (characters)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Skip Hinnant ... Fritz the Cat (voice)
Rosetta LeNoire ... Bertha / Additional Female Crows (voice)
John McCurry John McCurry ... Blue / John / Additional Voices (voice)
Judy Engles Judy Engles ... Winston Schwartz / Lizard Leader (voice)
Phil Seuling Phil Seuling ... Pig Cop #2 (voice)
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Storyline

A persiflage on the protest movements of the 60s. Its hero is the bold and sex-obsessed tom-cat Fritz the Cat, as created by the legendary underground artist Robert Crumb. Quitting university Fritz the Cat wanders through the hash, Black Panther and Hell's Angels scenes to find to himself. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Chock full of violence, excitement and SEX... See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish

Release Date:

14 April 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Gato Fritz See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$90,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (end credits)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Footage from the film was edited into the music video for rapper Guru's 2007 song "State of Clarity". See more »

Goofs

When Fritz is attempting to fix Winston's Volkswagen Beetle after it's broken down in the desert, he opens the hood. Since it's a Beetle and the engine is located in the back of the car, he goes around to the back but leaves the hood up. Throughout the rest of the scene, the hood alternates from either being up or down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Hey, yeah - the 1960s? Happy times, heavy times.
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Alternate Versions

Earlier prints of the film have the photographs during the end credits in black and white, while the 2001 MGM DVD release has the photographs in sepia tone. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Crumb (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Yesterdays
(1952)
Written by Jerome Kern & Otto A. Harbach
Performed by Billie Holiday, vocal
Joe Newman, trumpet
Paul Quinichette, tenor sax
Oscar Peterson, piano/organ
Freddie Green, guitar
Ray Brown, bass
Gus Johnson, drums
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psychedelic drug and drug culture animation
17 April 2002 | by truthseekersSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this animated film because it was slow paced and could be easily watched over a pint or something more sedatory. The characters suffer the usual problems of nazi state anti drug cultures whilst at the same time try to rise above the constraints. Fritz is a cat who certainly has nine lives and seems able to get the pussy - cats and doesnt ever lose hius head, stays cool amongst his pals. Like an x rated top cat episode.

If you follow Ralph Bakshis work you can see how he tries to develop characters that dont try to explain themselves to you with over obvious monologues, they just are the way they are, take it or leave it. This style pops up in all his animations and indeed may have been the reason "Cool World" (Bakshis Animation/live action flick) was misunderstood by many because of its multilayered self possessed characters. (I loved Cool World) You may get the feeling you need to know more about the characters before watching the film. However I have never seen any Robert Crumb comics, but still enjoyed Fritz The Cat.


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